Create your organized home this year by setting clear goals and creating impactful habits.
We’re five days into the new year, and I can already feel the excitement in the air. It’s a time filled with hope, possibilities, and a sense of anticipation for seeing dreams become reality.
Like many of you, I have a fresh planner in hand, ready to map out all the incredible dreams I want to experience this year. And perhaps, you’re also eager to achieve new milestones or begin an exciting new journey.
The start of a new year is an opportunity to set intentions and make firm decisions about what we want to do or not do.
For many people this includes the resolution to finally get their home organized, to achieve their home organization goals, or to develop organized habits at home.
The Importance of Reflection
With a new year, full of new possibilities, getting started on creating your organized home is a great way to kick off the first month of the year. You may be tempted to jump straight into an organizing session.
But, before you begin, I encourage you to take a moment to look back over the previous year. As much as we want to take advantage of the zeal and excitement that comes with this process, it’s equally important to take a moment and reflect on our past year’s progress, accomplishments and opportunities for change.
We can often gloss over our achievements and focus on where we fell short, or what went wrong. Don’t rob yourself of the opportunity to express gratitude for those moments, big and small.
What were some meaningful moments, milestones, or memories that you are deeply thankful for?
Beginning the year with gratitude can profoundly impact your mindset, mood, and motivation.
Aligning Dreams & Desires With God’s Will
Also, creating your organized home with an open heart allows you to incorporate your faith into your intentions – not just for every area that you intend to organize – but also for every area of your life that you want to be intentional about.
Take the time to understand what truly brings you joy and align your aspirations and innermost desires with God’s will for your life.
By going to God in prayer, and seeking Him wholeheartedly, you have an opportunity to embrace God’s divine wisdom into your dreams, goals and plans.
Experience a Spirit-led discovery that will lead to a greater sense of clarity and confidence as you set your intentions.
The Struggle with Resolutions
Did you know that a staggering 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week in February? It’s a startling statistic that highlights the difficulty many face in turning their resolutions into lasting change.
Without firm intentions, proper planning, tracking progress, and having the right support in place, resolutions often remain nothing more than desires.
The Difference Between Resolutions, Goals and Habits
So how do we break free from this cycle of unfulfilled resolutions?
We must first have a firm understanding of the difference between resolutions, goals, and habits.
Resolutions are a promise we make to ourselves—a firm decision to either do or not do something. It signifies our desire for change and improvement, typically based on changes in behavior.
Goals, on the other hand, are the object of our ambition—the aim or desired result we strive for. Unlike resolutions, goals are backed by a clear plan, and come with a timeframe and a specific endpoint.
Habits are the regular tendencies or practices we establish in response to specific situations.
The Transformative Power of Goals and Habits
Achieving our dreams and desires starts by shifting our focus towards setting meaningful goals. They give us something concrete to work towards and measure our progress.
But it doesn’t end there. To truly achieve our desired outcomes, we must recognize the importance of establishing new habits. Habits play a vital role in achieving our goals, especially when we set new goals based on changes in our behavior.
These habits become the building blocks of success, creating an automatic response to specific situations and helping us stay on track.
Achieving Your Home Organization Goals This Year
When it comes to achieving your home organization dreams this year, you may have an organized home resolution. Or you may have some specific home organization goals in mind. Or you may be implementing some new organized habits.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from each of these.
The Resolution to Finally Get Your Home Organized
Perhaps this is the year that you finally get your home organized, once and for all. You’ve officially declared this as your New Year’s resolution.
In your mind, you’re likely thinking about where you should start. This can be a challenge for people who want to organize their entire house.
The Problem With Organized Home Resolutions
What often happens in this case, is they start with one area that is driving them crazy. Then, they start spreading items out to begin sorting and separating.
But it isn’t long before they come to an item that belongs elsewhere. The organizing project is paused to put the item where it belongs. However, the mess that was created is now being left behind.
Once they have taken care of that one item, they pass by something that triggers a distraction away from the focus of their project. This distraction could be something that suddenly appears to be a higher priority.
For example, the washing machine cycle ends and they remember that there are still wet clothes that need to be put into the dryer. And chances are, if they walk away now, they won’t remember to change over the laundry later. So, the laundry becomes the priority – further delaying the organizing project.
Since they are running into lunchtime, they decide to take a break, to eat lunch. This lunch break becomes a break for many other things, such as scrolling through social media and responding to missed messages.
Meanwhile, the organizing project is left unfinished, and is now a bigger mess than it was before it began. Eventually, they come back to the mess, only to feel unmotivated to keep going.
So they use an empty box to gather all the items laying around, and put it on a shelf to come back to later. Only later turns into one year later.
Creating Specific Home Organization Goals
Knowing that resolutions may not be the best route to take, you decide that you’re going to set some specific home organization goals.
You write down very clear and actionable goals, and doing so inspires and motivates you to start right away.
The Problem With Organized Home Goals
However, even creating specific home organization goals can be a challenge for people who don’t quite know how to create a dedicated timeframe. When they’re unsure of how long their organizing project will take, they simply skip this step.
The first organizing project of the year begins, and they know exactly what they want to accomplish with that particular space. Because their plan includes a dedicated work space with everything they need to properly sort, they manage to keep the area from getting too messy.
What often happens in this case, is the project takes much longer than they expect. Yet, they decide to push through and finish the project, regardless of how much time it takes.
Hours are spent on the same space, as they run into problems that they don’t anticipate. This causes some feelings of frustration and discouragement.
For example, they’re sorting through stacks of paper, and come across quite a few pieces that they aren’t sure what to do with.
They wonder, how long should I keep these pieces of paper? What should I shred and what can I recycle? What’s the best way to file these pieces so they are easy to find? And how do they keep time-sensitive paper from getting lost or forgotten about?
All these questions and over-thinking further delay the already exhausting organizing project. Due to losing track of time, they run into dinnertime and have to put this project on hold for another session.
Because they have the plan written down on a piece of paper, they make a note of what steps they completed, and plan to come back to this project the following weekend.
The only problem is that within a week’s time, this piece of paper gets buried under a stack of mail, receipts, and other documents on their desk. And they forget about the project for a few months.
Because the paper organizing project was such an exhausting experience, they lose their motivation and the project no longer stays front of mind for them.
Developing Organized Habits at Home
Knowing that home organization goals require more structure than you’re ready for, you decide to focus on making some effective new habits instead.
However, even introducing new organization habits and actually getting them to stick can be a challenge for most people.
The Problem With Organized Home Habits
What often happens is, they commit to keeping up a common-area space, such as the kitchen or toy room.
For example, they decide to start the new habit of decluttering and keeping their kitchen counters cleared off. In addition to this habit, they also decide to begin the new habit of keeping their floors cleared, each day.
The first day of introducing these habits puts a big smile on their face, as they look around their tidy kitchen and clean floors.
The second day, as the counters start collecting items and things gets left behind on the floors, they find that it’s very manageable to incorporate their new habits and get these spaces tidied-up again.
However, after one week, they realize that it’s becoming harder and harder to keep up on these habits. The reason is because they are the only person in the house who is actually implementing the new habits.
So, not only are they having to keep the kitchen counters cleared off, and keep the floors cleared off, but they also have to be responsible for anyone else who adds clutter to the kitchen counters and the floors.
With the frustration of being the only person in the home to be responsible for these areas, they no longer implement the new habits. Soon after, things go back to the way they were before, with clutter always on the counters and the floors.
The Secrets to Organizing Success
Why is it that so many people struggle with creating an organized home, even with organization-focused resolutions, strategic goal setting, and implementing positive habits?
The answer lies in their process. Unfortunately, many people do not follow a proven process, that not only makes organization easier and more achievable, but also helps their new changes to stick.
A Successful Process Includes:
- A motivational element for getting started, staying on track, and finishing
- Tools that make organizing more efficient and effective
- Support that offers encouragement, trouble-shooting, and accountability
At this point, you might be wondering how you can gain the motivation, tools, and support needed to finally break through clutter overwhelm and bring organization into every space of your home. Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do it alone.
If you have a desire to get your home decluttered and organized this year, and want to learn how to keep it that way, I can give you the tools you need to achieve your goals!
✔ Gain the motivation you need to finally break through clutter overwhelm and bring organization into every space of your home.
✔ Uncover clutter-causing habits and learn how to replace them with effective clutter-clearing habits.
✔ Get the support you need to overcome your organizational struggles, and learn how to develop organizational skills.
✔ Easily implement a step-by-step action plan with planning pages and manageable ten minute tasks.
✔ Acquire the know-how to quickly get your home in order, and keep it that way.
✔ Create lasting change, based on your unique goals, so that you can create a home that you love.
✔ Receive the accountability you need to stay on track, to achieve the results you desire.
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Crystal is the owner of The Organized Home, LLC and producer of The Home Approach® program and The Purpose-Driven Productivity Program®; empowering busy Christian women to create an organized home that they love, so they can thrive at home. With over ten years of combined experience working in the Professional Organizing industry and coaching industry, she combines her expertise in decluttering, organizing, and home management with her passion for helping women to bring out the best in themselves.
While coaching is her God-given calling, she also loves being a mom to her young children (ages 5, 7 and 9), date nights with her husband, and family outings on the weekends. Above all, she is most passionate about following Jesus and inspiring others to do the same.